It's Magpie Monday again folks.
Last week was the biggest ever with more people linking up than before, and I was so so happy to share all your treasure with you. A huge thank you to you all for your support and enthusiasm.
I said initially when I launched this feature that I'd trial it for a month to see if there was any interest. This is my fourth week and I'm really pleased to declare it a permanent feature on the blog - hurrah!
I'm afraid being confined to the house with chicken-poxy child has meant slim pickings this week. By Friday I was getting a bit jittery through lack of fresh air and charity shopping so we braved a trip to town.
I visited only one shop, but it proved a veritable trove of treasure.
In a side window, up a very quiet alley-way, I spotted a lovely display and ended up buying half it's contents. So secret was this window that the volunteer serving didn't even know of it's existence and had to call for help from the manager to obtain a key.
I checked the size of some purple suede killer heels and they were a fit! Better still, a closer examination told me they were completely unworn. An absolute steal at £3.99.
Not my usual style of shoes, and they do look a bit tortuous, but despite my Marcos-esque collection of footwear I actually own very few pairs of 'proper evening heels'. I have a purple evening dress that these will match with perfectly (pah! Like I ever go anywhere to wear an evening gown anymore!).
Displayed with the shoes in the poor neglected window, was a gorgeous silk scarf. With hand rolled and stitched edges, and a gorgeous bold design on the bright cerise pink I snapped it up at £2.49.
I doubt I'll wear it, but I'm thinking of framing it, or even getting some of those clippy curtain rings and using it as a cafe curtain somewhere.
Finally, on the bric-a-brac shelf I spotted this old beer bottle for £3. I have several old bottles dotted around the house, including some I've dug up from the garden. But this one appealed because it has the name of a long since gone local brewery.
The writing reads Wells and Winch Ltd, Biggleswade. Some research told me that this brewery was finally swallowed up by Greene King in the 1960's, but traded in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire from 1899. I love the fact that purchasing something from a charity shop has sent me on a journey of discovery. I've learned a little bit of local history and also found a gorgeous looking bistro which we plan to visit, as the old Malting where this brewery was based is now trading as The Lounge - a coffee house, bistro and film club.
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